Fresh And Lovely Arts+Crafts in Pacific Heights, $4.5MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
It’s a sublimely stylish combination– a fashion stylist and a 1894 Arts+Crafts house in one of San Francisco’s most elegant neighborhoods. In 2011, New York stylist Lauren Michael Goodman transported herself to San Francisco where she and Nathan Tyler acquired this extraordinary Arts+Crafts classic. With the guidance of photo stylist/designer Lili Diallo, Goodman and Tyler took the interior of this 4-bed, 3.5-bath traditional home in a dramatically different direction.
Below, the dining room is a stylish mashup, with deep green walls, a woven rush carpet, a recycled timber table accompanied by Regency dining chairs, all overseen by a Roy Lictenstein print.
It’s not every day one of Pacific Height’s handsome Arts+Crafts comes on the market. There certainly aren’t many left, and this house (known to architectural historians as the Gillespie House) was by the influential English emigre architect Ernest Coxhead.
Coxhead and his brother Almeric moved to California in the 1880s, quickly becoming the go-to architects for the Episcopal Church and designing houses of worship from Los Angeles to San Francisco. In the early 1890s, their practice shifted to residential work, primarily in the booming Bay Area, and the Gillespie House is one of their earliest projects here.
At the time of its construction, the Gillespie House represented the height of modernity, a reaction to the prevailing Victorians, and executed by an architect who could deftly combine English cottage and half-timber details. Working with locally sourced materials and craftsmen, Coxhead’s work would influence a generation of architects, including Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck in what would evolve into the Bay Area’s uniquely eclectic take on the Arts+Crafts style.
In 1894, this house was a radically modern reaction to the old-school Victorians.
Below, the master bedroom is a surprising, vaulted space with an exquisite pair of low-set leaded glass windows.
What We Love: The radically styled interiors are fresh and unstaged, while original Coxhead’s trademark details– simple, bold moldings, coved ceilings and handcrafted leaded glass windows remain.
The kitchen and family room are completely modern, opening to a deep garden, boldly remade about five years ago by architect Jenny Weiss.
More: Go to the listing link below for additional information, details, and floor plans. Represented by veteran San Francisco luxury agent Nina Hatvany of Compass.
Photo Credit: Open Homes Photography for Compass Real Estate